September 28th, 2013
(as of 2013-09-11 20:00:19 PST)
FIFA 14 [Online Game Code] by Electronic Arts
Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14. The game plays the way great soccer matches are contested, with innovations to the award-winning gameplay that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictating the tempo of a match. Feel the tension as chances are created, and experience the thrill of hitting the back of the net. A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating. FIFA 14 delivers engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club. FIFA 14 is soccer’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.
Additional features will be revealed in the months leading to the game’s retail launch in Fall 2013.
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At the end of the North American Summer Split, they were 7th in the standings. Seventh out of 10 teams. It was an abrupt fall from grace. In the Spring Split, they finished second in the standings--and now, they were trying desperately to avoid being relegated to the amateur league.
Things got so out of hand that they pulled one of their players, Hai Lam, out of retirement to revamp the lineup. The caveat? He wouldn't be playing in the same position. He'd have to learn a completely new role in the game.
The decision was met with skepticism, but with Hai's hefty competitive experience and leadership skills, Cloud9 managed to avoid relegations and secure their spot without being demoted to the amateur league.
Around the same time, the League of Legends World Championships was coming up and Cloud9's last chance of qualifying for it was to run the gauntlet.
The gauntlet is a last ditch effort for teams to qualify to play on the international stage, where the best teams around the world fight for the number one title.
There are three rounds in total and the system favors teams that performed well throughout the regular season by putting them at the end of the bracket--but it also gives teams that didn't perform in the regular season one last chance.
Cloud9 was seeded as Team 4, which meant they would have the longest run in the gauntlet. Not only would they have to play all three rounds against teams that were ahead of them all season, they would have to play three Best of 5s. A potential 15 games total in the span of three days.
In the first round, they faced off against Team 3--Gravity, who finished 4th in the Summer Split. And to nobody's surprise, Cloud9 lost the first two games.
Things were looking grim for Cloud9. Gravity only needed one more game to win to move on to the next round of the gauntlet.
But somewhere in the third game, a spark was lit--and Cloud9 would go on to win three consecutive games in a row, pulling off an incredible reverse sweep against the heavy favorites in the match-up.
And as if that wasn't enough, Cloud9 managed to keep fans on their toes the following day. In the second round of the gauntlet, they were put up against Team 2--Team Impulse, who were 3rd in the Summer Split standings.
As if history were about to repeat itself, Cloud9 would lose the first two games again. Fans on Twitter joked about another incoming reverse sweep but the prospects looked grim. Team Impulse had momentum on their side, and Cloud9 would only have to lose one more game.
Because somehow, they pulled it off.
Cloud9 managed to, once again, win three consecutive games in a row, pulling off a second reverse sweep.
With two series under their belt, Cloud9 secured themselves a spot in the final round of the gauntlet.
The team would have to triumph over Team 1--or Team Liquid, a team that had all the right cards. A team with highly skilled and mechanically gifted players. A team that was touted as one of the strongest teams in North America.
Sure, Cloud9 might've been able to capitalize off the mistakes of other teams like Gravity and Impulse. But this was Team Liquid, a team that managed to nab first in the Summer Season standings.
The odds were stacked against Cloud9. While Team Liquid's goal for the Summer Season was to win the whole thing and head to World Championships, Cloud9's goal for the Summer Season was to avoid being relegated to an amateur league.
But against all expectations--and against all odds, Cloud9 won. And no, there wasn't a reverse sweep this time around.
Cloud9 took the first game, lost the second game, and came back with a vengeance in the third and fourth games to close out the series 3-1. It turned out to be the best record they had throughout the entire gauntlet.
In fact, the loss was devastating for Team Liquid. Their star players were in tears after the series.
It might be easy to chalk it up to a fluke. But Cloud9's decision to bring one of its franchise players back from retirement is likely the reason why they've seen so much success lately. After all, he was the main decision maker in-game before he retired. And now, he's pulled his teammates through the gauntlet.
After the series was over, he said to his teammates, "I held my promise. I got you to worlds."
In the span of three days, the dark horse of the gauntlet managed to crush the dreams of three contenders fighting for the final seed at the League of Legends World Championships.
Below is their final game against Team Liquid. You can watch the rest of their games in the gauntlet here.
2K Games on Wednesday published a new trailer for NBA 2K16, which offers an extended look at gameplay and more. The video is called "Living World," and it highlights all the ways in which NBA 2K16 aims to be the most authentic professional basketball game ever made.
Watch and you'll see new gameplay footage and hear directly from developers Mike Wang, Scott O'Gallagher, and Jerson Sapida. Take a look at the impressive video below.
NBA 2K16 launches on September 29 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Preordering the game, however, lets you play a little early.
2K Sports also recently teased that NBA 2K16 may feature college basketball in some manner.
"We're not sure what's next," he says, pausing to gulp water while he has the time. "But we're wholeheartedly focusing on the task at hand. And that's bringing Inquisition to a close."
Just recently, BioWare announced Trespasser, the final DLC for last year's acclaimed RPG. It's set two years after the events of Inquisition, which marks a first for BioWare, whose extra content has always taken place during, before, or shortly after the main game. Trespasser begins in a time when heroes aren't needed, and adventurers hang up their boots for good.
But this is a BioWare game. So of course conflict will appear. And when it does, we'll be right back in the eye of the storm, replete with politics, alliances, backstabbing, and fraud. This is a new era, with new problems of its own, and new questions that need answering in the fantasy world of Thedas.
"I find it's effective when you create a tension out of these opposing ideas," Laidlaw says. "On the one hand, you're asking yourself, 'Are these heroes necessary anymore?" But then you see something new happen, and it's, 'Wait, we kind of are. Who else is equipped to deal with trauma like we are?'
"It evokes a real human response. The story moves you along. You're constantly asking yourself if you're the actual danger to the people. If the problems you give birth to are just as detrimental as the ones you're fighting. This is the same dilemma a lot of superheroes face."
It's been less than a year since Inquisition released. But in that time, the limelight has blinded new games as well . We've explored dozens of new worlds; completed hundreds of quests; we've loved, hated, and questioned a variety of characters from a plethora of different backgrounds. For many of us, the characters of Inquisition are distant. They're those friends we call for the sake of staying in touch.
For Laidlaw, bringing us all back into Thedas is Trespasser's biggest challenge. "How do you make something meaningful as an ending," he says, "but also meaningful as a return?" This, Laidlaw says, is why epilogues are so hard to create.
But he speaks with confidence about the rising Qunari threat, a major plot thread in Trespasser. It creates divisive politics, and examines the heroes' individual responses to their own internal problems. The Qunari are friends to many, and with Iron Bull by our side throughout the main game, we may have difficult choices ahead. But BioWare has always sworn by the idea of player choice. In this respect, Trespasser sounds no different.
BioWare has also suggested the DLC will hint at what's next for the developer. Whether this is something in the Dragon Age universe, or an inter-franchise easter egg, is still unclear. Like the heroes of the Inquisition, Laidlaw and his team continue looking for their next mission, that next project in BioWare's storied RPG ouvre.
Only feet behind Laidlaw, a Commander Shepard cosplayer walks past BioWare's booth, her N7 armor gleaming as the crowd parts in front of her.
"Those people who've been with BioWare since the beginning, and through all the Inquisition DLC, we've been right there with them," Laidlaw says, glancing back toward the table, and a fan waiting patiently there. "I don't exactly know what's next. We always have ideas. But right now, with Trespasser, at least we have closure."
Laidlaw turns away, finishing his water as he returns to his chair. There's only one Dragon Age shirt left, and the booth is about to close. So he opens the silver Sharpie, begins with an "M," and writes his name for the last time tonight.
King's Fall, according to Bungie, will be the game's biggest raid yet. It will revolve around the Hive King Oryx, and his evil presence in our solar system, said Taken King creative director Luke Smith. "The raid is really the culmination of that story." The newest footage, which Bungie showed off during a live stream today, showed the guardians fighting their way through the Dreadnaught, a new area included in The Taken King.
This marks the third raid since Destiny's release in September of last year. Vault of Glass and Crota's End marked some of the hardest missions in Bungie's multiplayer shooter, although some managed to beat the content all by themselves.
Bungie is also releasing a major patch on Sept. 8. It will replace the voice acting of Peter Dinklage with that of prolific voice actor Nolan North, and also retool weapon balancing, bounties, and characters' light level.
GameSpot has a wide array of Destiny coverage coming in the next few weeks, including both that patch and Taken King content. Stay tuned.
To don the mask of Corvo Attano--a master assassin--is to invite a freedom of ingenuity the likes of which, one console generation and an actual Thief reboot later, remains an elusive, rare thing. Dishonored is a game that felt ahead of the curve three years ago, and only just now feels right at home. That just barely excuses just how little work went into improving Corvo’s second go-around.Home Sweet Hovel.
There is certainly an argument to be made that Dishonored didn’t really need anything new to get a re-release. To those who will be taking their first voyage into Dunwall, Dishonored will be a revelation. On paper, it’s little more than a simple revenge tale: The Empress of a far away, sea-faring, steampunk kingdom has been assassinated, and you, her royal protector, has been framed for the murder. While rotting in jail, you're visited by a Satanic figure called The Outsider. He gives you supernatural powers, which will help you exact vengeance and liberate Dunwall from the usurpers who rule in the Empress’ stead.
The devil is in the details. This isn’t just an Assassin’s Creed situation of moving to the proper vantage point to make a kill, escaping and awaiting further orders after the coast is clear. Every murder and every mercy affects the world, brings fear or hope to the populace, feast or famine, peace or disease. While it is possible to barge through Dunwall, slaying everything in your path with extreme prejudice, you’ll find the task at hand becoming a bleak ordeal. It becomes a story of desperate public servants shattering under the weight of an unyielding zombie plague with no cure, of a frightened populace that shrieks at the sight of your mask, where recovery is impossible, with a new pile of corpses replacing the twice-killed ones faster than they can be removed.This guy will literally never see you coming.
The game values the nuanced touch far more, as should the player. A straight up, face-to-face kill is tense and gratifying, but the game reveals its true nature in the avoidance, in the trapping, in the justice of the environment. Why kill what an angry mob, abused subordinates, or a jilted lover will do for you? Much of Dishonored rides on its characters. Voiced by a surprisingly diverse cavalcade of character actors, they are well-written, well-motivated aristocrats and poor, with no middle-class to work more effectively against the powers that be. The main targets stand directly in opposition of that, prime examples of the worst aspects of humanity. They may deserve to die, but you can deliver something worse, or at least something more apt if you’re listening to their victims, if you’ve been paying attention to your environment, if you’re truly and thoroughly exploring your world.
For less vital enemies, teleportation ability Blink is the bread and butter for all things here, allowing you to reach new heights, traverse chasms, and vanish from harm’s way in an instant, as well as reach the hidden power-ups scattered throughout the game. Where you go from there is all a matter of need. Tired of having to hide the bodies when another guard comes snooping? Buy a power that turns victims to ashes. Need to weasel your way through a crowd of guards? Buy an ability to possess people and animals, walk through the trouble in your enemy’s skin. Need a distraction? Summon a swarm of plague-infested rats, watch your enemies squirm. Or, even better, get creative, slap an explosive device onto a rat, possess the rat to guide him into a circle of foes, and set off the boom.Now imagine George Michael’s Last Christmas playing over this shot.
Dishonored isn’t quite an open world game, but the streets, alleyways, and decadent mansions are so dense with traversable nooks and paths the relative linearity of the stages is completely obscured. It also helps that there isn’t a side mission in the entire game that doesn’t serve a greater purpose rather than just to fill empty space. The focus, instead, is in making the world feel lived in, practical, and used. Unlike most steampunk, Dunwall doesn’t feel sterile, like a brand new appliance that just happens to have people living in it, but like a real city that has seen life, death, crime and providence. The city runs on its whaling industry, and the evidence of how its affected life is virtually everywhere. These are all important lessons in world-building many a developer has yet to truly learn, making Dishonored look like even more of a step forward. It’s a game with flaws, for sure. The final third of the game is rather bland and flavorless compared to all the little captivating touches that grace the rest. The DLC switches gears from Corvo to rival assassin Daud, and it’s a very different feel, though on average, it’s not necessarily better (though the trippy and introspective second episode, The Brigmore Witches, fares better than the rather procedural and dry Knife of Dunwall). Still, the main event is a marvel of unique, engrossing game design.
The problem, of course, is that this is a marvel millions of players have taken in before, and there isn’t much here to make them take it again besides sheer nostalgia. Think of the other games donning the moniker of “Definitive”. Tomb Raider got a nice graphical uptick, a bump to 60fps, and an enhanced character model for Lara Croft. DmC: Devil May Cry got textural improvements, a slew of new game modes and features. Dishonored has gotten an uptick in resolution, and all three DLC packs are included. The one next-gen only innovation is on PS4: the voice of the Heart, an item allowing you to not only find power-enhancing runes and charms, but hear the thoughts and sins of anyone you points it at, now comes through the DualShock 4’s speaker. The distressing, intimate, and creepy musings from the device are an awesome and unnerving part of the experience. It’s a wonderful tweak to an existing feature, and in no way does it make the game worth another $20-$40 for someone who already owns it. There’s even a strange trade-off that cancels out even that minor addition: Load times for the game have gotten abnormally long. I played the game off of a completely digital copy, and loading a save sometimes took close to a minute, which would be fine for an initial load, but insanity considering the game throws up a loading screen for just about any major transition in or out of a building, or when you respawn after death.Yeah, thanks, I think we can tell what this guy does for a living, but thanks, in-game marker.
What we’re left with here is the best console version of Dishonored that money can buy--and make no mistakes, that still makes this the best version of a fantastic game—but as a re-release on systems far more capable than their predecessors, this is a perfunctory release that doesn’t justify the price tag except out of sheer convenience. There’s no in between here; there’s either every reason to pick up this version if you've never played Dishonored, or no reason whatsoever if you've donned Corvo's mask before.
Some other statistics include 5,00,000 deaths, 184,000 of which were caused by Cow Plants. You can see some Sims 4 first-year statistics below, while the full infographic is available here. However, EA has not shared a new sales number for the game.
Accompanying the infographic was a new blog post from EA Maxis GM Rachel Franklin.
"Your feedback and passion have made the first year of The Sims 4 a great one and will help make the next year even better," she said, teasing that the developer has "so much great stuff planned" for the future. This includes the upcoming Get Together expansion pack, due out for PC in November.
"Again, I can't tell you enough how much we at Maxis appreciate your support for The Sims 4," Franklin said. "We've had a really, really exciting year. The Sims 4 is going to keep getting bigger and better every month, and we love having you along with us on this journey."
2015 also marks the 15th anniversary of the Sims franchise overall. We spoke with Maxis developers about the milestone; you can read our interview here.
The original story is below.
The third and final Twitch livestream for Destiny: The Taken King will air today, September 2, bringing news about the shooter's new Court of Oryx mode and potentially more. Specifically, players can expect details about the "challenges and rewards" that await them.
It kicks off at 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT / 7 PM UK. This hour-long event will be hosted by Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague, featuring insight from designer Ben Wommack and The Taken King creative director Luke Smith. You can watch the entire event through the Twitch embed below.
You don't have to wait to see some new Court of Oryx footage, however, as Bungie has released a teaser trailer that features some brief snippets of gameplay and more.
The Taken King launches on September 15 for all platforms. Among other things, the $40 add-on--which follows The Dark Below and House of Wolves--adds a massive new Raid and makes major changes to the overall game. These changes will apply to allow players, not just those who buy The Taken King.
According to the FTC, Machinima paid YouTubers--called "influencers"--to post videos that spoke positively about the Xbox One and some of its games. This is not necessarily a problem, but the FTC alleges that the YouTubers "failed to adequately disclose" that they were being paid for what were presented as objective videos. A pair of YouTubers were paid $45,000 between them to publish two video reviews each, both of which beamed positive messages about Xbox One without stating that they were paid endorsements
"When people see a product touted online, they have a right to know whether they're looking at an authentic opinion or a paid marketing pitch," FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection director Jessica Rich said in a news release. "That's true whether the endorsement appears in a video or any other media."
The FTC's complaint also outlines another phase of the paid-for Xbox One campaign. "In a separate phase of the marketing program, Machinima promised to pay a larger group of influencers $1 for every 1,000 video views, up to a total of $25,000," it said. "Machinima did not require any of the influencers to disclose they were being paid for their endorsement."
As part of the settlement, Machinima is required to ensure the people it pays to make videos "clearly disclose when they have been compensated in exchange for their endorsements." This applies to all future Xbox-related materials and everything else.
But does Microsoft bear any responsibility in this case? In short, not really.
"While Microsoft and Starcom both were responsible for the influencers' failure to disclose their material connection to the companies, [FTC Commission] staff considered the fact that these appeared to be isolated incidents that occurred in spite of, and not in the absence of, policies and procedures designed to prevent such lapses," the FTC said. "The companies also quickly required Machinima to remedy the situation after they learned that Machinima was paying influencers without making the necessary disclosures."
We have followed up with Microsoft to see if the company has any further comment to provide. You can read the FTC's full complaint against Machinima here [PDF].
Earlier this year, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority said it has yet to receive one official complaint, despite widespread debate over clandestine paid game promotions on video websites such as Twitch and YouTube.
The Microsoft Store is selling a number of Xbox One systems with a free copy of Assassin's Creed Unity and your choice of select games, which come in addition to any bundled games the system itself might include. The free games selection includes The Witcher 3, The Elder Scrolls Online, Batman: Arkham Knight, and more.
The Humble Store's big end-of-summer sale on PC games continues, with new deals every day. It's also still giving away Stealth Inc. 2 for free and letting you build your own Devolver bundle, offering an 85 percent discount or more by buying at least three of the company's games (such as Serious Sam, Hotline Miami, OlliOlli, and Titan Souls).
Preordering a Steam Machine, Steam Controller, or Steam Link right now will get you free copies of Rocket League and Portal 2.
Last week's big release, Madden NFL 16, can be had for $50 on Amazon if you're a Prime member (PS4/Xbox One). You'll need to add the game to your cart in order to see the discount; just make sure the seller is Amazon and not a third-party.
Walmart is selling several Xbox One bundles with a free second controller and game for $349-$424, including the new Madden 16 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition systems. You can choose from a free copy of Destiny, Evolve, Minecraft, Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, or Sniper Elite III, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($15), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ($15), Mortal Kombat X ($25), Battlefield Hardline ($25), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($25).
Battlefield 4's new Night Operations DLC is now out for free on all platforms.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform.
Buy a PS4 at Best Buy and you can save $5 on a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription.
You can check out all of this week's deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here.
Preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the PlayStation Store and get a free copy of Sword Art Online: Re Hollow Fragment.
Other PS4 game deals:
The free PlayStation Plus games for September are now available and include Grow Home and Super Time Force Ultra.
Costco members can preorder the Xbox One Elite controller for $125.
GameStop is offering the 1 TB Xbox One system with a free physical copy of Madden NFL 16: Deluxe Edition and the game's digital strategy guide for $400.
Amazon Prime members can get a 3.5mm jack-equipped Xbox One controller with a Play & Charge Kit for $58. Just add the bundle to your cart and process to checkout to see the discount.
Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and save $20 on an Xbox One controller and $10 on three months of Xbox Live Gold.
You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.
This week's Deals With Gold are now available and include sales on The Witcher 3, Rayman Legends, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Other Xbox One game deals:
Some of September's free Games With Gold games are now available, including The Deer God. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is coming later this month.
The newest Humble Bundle features Tom Clancy games. Paying any price gets you several Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell games, as well as access to the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege beta. Beating the average (currently $8.18) gets you three more games, plus more to be announced.
The new Humble Weekly Bundle consists of a wide variety of games, allowing you to pay any price for certain games or $8 for everything included (like Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, Cloudbuilt, and TRI: Of Friendship and Madness).
Buy select Nvidia GPUs (or Nvidia-equipped laptops) and get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area of the site where you can find some nice deals, including Killing Floor 2 for $22.49, Grand Theft Auto V for $45, and H1Z1 for $15.
You can save 23 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher SAVE23-WITHGM-GSEP15.
Zuma's Revenge is free on Origin.
Other PC game deals:
If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Nintendo Land for $235.
Best Buy is offering two (select) Amiibo figures for $20.
The upcoming Super Mario Maker is $50 at Amazon if you're a Prime member. Add it your cart to see the discount.
The 2DS is now available at its newly discounted price of $100.
Nintendo's online store is offering refurbished 2DSes for $60.
Best Buy is offering two (select) Amiibo figures for $20.
The PlayStation TV is available for $40 at GameStop.
The free PlayStation Plus games for September are now available and include La Mulana EX and Xeodrifter.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
GameSpot's gaming deals posts always highlight the best deals we can find regardless of retailer. We also occasionally use retailer affiliate links, which means that purchasing goods through those links helps support all the great content (including the deals posts) you find for free here on the site.
Kimmel admitted that he did receive some messages of support, but overwhelmingly, people didn't have nice things to say. Watch as Kimmel reads off messages where people wish disease on him and say things like, "If you were on life support, I would plug it out and charge my phone." There are many more.
In the video, Kimmel does admit that watching people play video games can make sense in the context of helping you determine if a game is worth your time and money.
Something that it's important to remember here is that Kimmel's job is to stir the pot. He's pretty open about that, too. "I love making people mad; after pizza, it's probably my favorite thing," he said.
Kimmel ended the video by saying he's been approached by people in the gaming community, and will sit down with them to see if they can sell him on the idea that watching people play video games is a good idea. He says he'll keep an open mind, but if things don't go well, Kimmel joked that he'll tear down the gaming world.
"If I don't like it, I will shut down Twitch, I will shut down YouTube Gaming; I have that power," he said.
When Kimmel's first video on the subject went live last week, many quickly attacked his argument by saying watching people do things is already commonplace and accepted in society. Kimmel doesn't disagree, but says watching people play video games is a further abstraction than watching traditional sports. We'll see if that's still his opinion down the road when he uploads his next video.